Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York , Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester. 

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New England News
12:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Insurance Giant Creates Investment Fund To Support Springfield Entrepreneurs

One of the oldest and largest businesses in western Massachusetts has launched an initiative to help small start-up companies.  MassMutual has announced the creation of the Springfield Venture Fund. It is intended to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the state’s third largest city.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nick Fyntrilakis, vice president of  Community Responsibility at MassMutual.

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New England News
4:10 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Massachusetts Sheriff To Be Honored Monday At White House

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe ( at left) congratulates William Fitchet on his retirement as Springfield Police Commissioner last month. Ashe, who is going to retire in 2016, is being honored at the White House Monday
Credit WAMC

The longest serving county sheriff in Massachusetts is being honored at the White House Monday for efforts to help people with criminal records re-enter society.

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe will be recognized for his efforts over two decades to partner with hundreds of community organizations to find jobs for thousands of offenders coming out of jail.

" You think back at jails and prisons, the caption people had was ' out of sight out of mind.' They're all coming back to the community. We want to make the streets and neighborhoods safe," Ashe said recently.

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New England News
12:48 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Court Ruling On Casino Vote Is Setback For MGM Springfield

Credit MGM Springfield

The three-year old effort to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts was dealt a significant setback this week when the state’s highest court ruled that voters can decide in November if the casino law should be repealed.  The unanimous decision by the State Supreme Judicial Court supporting an effort by anti-casino activists came less than two weeks after MGM was assigned a license to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with MGM Springfield president Mike Mathis about the status of the project and the plans t

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New England News
6:02 am
Sat June 28, 2014

MassMutual Announces Springfield Venture Fund

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One of the oldest and biggest businesses in western Massachusetts is launching an effort to help grow small start-up companies. 

MassMutual is putting $5 million into a venture capital fund for new businesses in Springfield. MassMutual Vice President Nick Fyntrilakis said it means entrepreneurs with a good idea and a sound business plan will not have to leave Springfield to find investors to help get the business off the ground.

" We felt by applying our investment tools and the dollars we have and expertise it is going to be very meaningful for Springfield."

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New England News
4:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Only One Medical Marijuana Facility Oked In Western Massachusetts

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Massachusetts health officials Friday eliminated nearly half the applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries, leaving just one in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New TV Studios For Springfield Public Access Programmers

Public access television—famously skewered on Saturday Night Live and elsewhere—is no joke in one western Massachusetts community.

When the newly formed Focus Springfield Community Television officially unveiled a brand new $1 million state-of-the-art programming facility on the ground floor of one of the city’s most historic buildings, dozens of local dignitaries took part in the grand opening.

The region’s Congressman and the city’s mayor helped cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the 7,000- square foot center from which three public access channels originate.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Fierce Campaign Expected On Massachusetts Casino Referendum

Nathan Bech, who organized a campaign to defeat a proposed casino in West Springfield, will be one of several grassroots activists campaigning to repeal the state's casino law in November.
Credit WAMC

When the Massachusetts legislature voted three years ago to legalize casino gambling after decades of debate, it appeared the only fights left would be over where the casinos would be built. But now both sides on the charged issue are gearing up to win the hearts and minds of the state’s voters, who will decide in November if Las Vegas-style gambling will in fact have a home in Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Casino Firms Prepare To Fight Repeal Of State Gambling Law

MGM's proposed $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield, MA is in jeopardy because Massachusetts voters will have a chance to repeal the state's casino law
Credit MGM Springfield

Casino companies, that are typically competitors, may unite to fight repeal of the Massachusetts casino law.

   Casino developers pursuing projects in Massachusetts have had preliminary discussions about a coordinated campaign to defeat the repeal referendum in November, according to MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis.

" We are going to collaborate on a communication plan to assure we are consistent about talking about the benefits of each of our respective projects."

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New England News
4:13 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Man Fatally Shot By Police In Springfield

A man was shot dead by a police officer in Springfield, Massachusetts Thursday after he allegedly confronted officers with a knife. 

  

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New England News
4:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Flash And Boom Of Fireworks Return

Fourth of July fireworks have faded from many communities in recent years because of municipal budget cuts, but not in western Massachusetts.

Fireworks will light up the sky over the Pioneer Valley from Northampton to Springfield in the coming days thanks to community groups that in many places have put on the events for decades. Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield said her organization has produced the city’s July 4th festivities for 29 years.

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